******Due to the absolute horror that my sweet friend Jacqui had gone through, she has since deleted her post as well as many other posts regarding her homesteading due to these malicious attacks*******
Witch. A word that has been in our vocabulary for hundreds if not thousands of years. What is a witch? Well, it depends on the person you ask. The term, “witch” simply means, “magical person”. Witches are male and female, children and adults. Witches are in every religion. I know, crazy, right? Every religion? Well, yes! Judaism, Islam, Christianity, you name it, there are witches everywhere. This term has come up for many years with me, because some people claim I am one. To me, it is an honor to be called one. To others, the term can be considered scary, wrong, if not downright evil. Media, books, religion itself, has taken the term “witch” and created a cataclysmic definition that is so chaotic in nature, when the word is spoken, most people create the same image in their minds: Green skinned, warts, angry, satan worshiper, devil worshiper, black hat, black cloak, stirring a cauldron of an evil magical spell.
How many people reading this had that EXACT picture in their minds? Well, let’s looks at Hollywood. The Wizard of Oz, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, Sleeping Beauty, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Practical Magic, Hocus Pocus, just to name a few. In fact, Disney itself has created a legacy of making the evil counterpart to the main character a “wicked witch”. Why? Because a long time ago, people who feared magical people simply wrote that they were in fact, evil. Magic is evil. Why? Why is magic evil? What is the definition of magic? Well, according to Webster’s dictionary, it states, “The power of apparently influencing the course of events by using mysterious or supernatural forces”.
Okay. Well, in Catholicism, that’s called a “Miracle”. So, why, if you are not within an organized religion, is this power considered “evil”? Why do you have to be part of a “religion” to be considered something good? Yes, I am a seeker. There is nothing wrong with that. I have been criticized over the years for seeking the truth. That looking at my gnostic views of spirituality is considered heretic. But, folks, that’s further from the truth. Religious persecution is still very much alive in our world. People who are so convicted in their beliefs that they point fingers at others telling them there are wrong. Why? Why does this still exist? Why are people so concerned with the personal relationship with God and another person? Is your relationship with God THAT perfect you think you have time to fix others? No! Stop it! Stop it now! It’s exhausting to feel that sadness and despair when someone you care about judges you so harshly for something you love so dearly.
Today, I watched a video of my mentor, Jacqueline DuBois, who has an amazing web series on YouTube, and has for many years. Jacqui is known as a “Kristo” or “Christo” Pagan. What is a Kristo-Pagan? Well, a Kristo-Pagan is a witch. A magical person who believes in the humanity and divinity of Jesus Christ and the teachings of him, the Saints, and the Blessed Mother. Someone who believes in the reverence of the Trinity, the Holy Blessed Mother, BUT does NOT agree with the rules of the Catholic Church per se, the people that consider Jesus Christ “His” Church. This is where many of us part ways in the matter of beliefs: I do not believe that Jesus would allow some of the rules that man has created within the Church by using Jesus’ words “anything you hold true on Earth, I will hold true in Heaven” as Dogmatic Law. But does that make me an unbeliever? Does that make me a Satan worshiper? NO! I dare you to debate me on this. NO ONE, and I repeat, NO ONE, has the right to make such ridiculous accusations just because I or anyone else does not follow the “rules” of a church! It is the moral and values that Christ taught us that I live by, and nothing else!
I believe in magic. And I believe in Jesus. I believe there are elements we cannot describe that walk the earth in spirit, watching over us, and the planet we live on. I believe I have the God-given gifts to create magic with the determination, passion and unconditional love inside of me. Why is it okay to pray to a Saint, or heck, pray to our Creator, light a candle, receive Communion, say a Novena, go to Confession and allow a priest to absolve you of your sins in the name of our Creator, but yet, a magical person does the same thing, and it’s considered an “evil spell” and devil worshiping? Explain that to me. Why is everything that goes against the laws of a religion Satan’s doing? Why? I know it’s hard for people to actually answer this.
I have been made fun of, bullied, yelled at, ignored, and everything else in the book that would borderline cruelty. All because I believe in the magic of the Passion of the Christ; and not the “laws” of the man-made Church his name is under. I do not need to go to Mass every Sunday to live my life in the eyes of Christ. I was told that my reasons I just stated are a cop-out. That it makes me “unaccountable”. Quite the contrary, actually! I hold myself accountable for EVERY SINGLE THING I do in this life, something I never considered when I was younger, but stand true to that conviction with every fiber of my being as an adult woman today.
Those who believe my life is wrong, an abomination, or the devil dancing around me, answer me this: Do you support the Westboro Baptist Church? Do you support the people who murder doctors at abortion clinics? These are the very people that believe in the same thing you do! What makes you different? When it comes to a religion, I do believe you cannot pick and choose what you want to believe when you are a part of a church, correct? So, if a Christian believes that you can sell your children into slavery, or kill your mother for wearing different types of thread, which in fact is all in the bible, WHY do you ignore that? If the bible is the law/holy scripture of the Church, why don’t you follow it? I want you to think of this before making another accusation on another person for their beliefs and how they practice their faith. It is why I left the Church. Not because I believe they are wrong. I left the Church because I no longer believe in the laws to stay within that religion. My FAITH, however, has never changed.
Today I watched a video of my mentor, like I stated above, who is a Kristo-Pagan, who was wrongfully accused of sacrificing goats and cats and being a Satan worshiper. Why? Because she proclaims herself to be a witch. And she runs a small urban homestead at her house in Southern California. Yup, that’s it. Someone took 2+2 and came up with 9. All while trying to ruin and sweet and spiritual, loving woman who’s goal in life is to walk in the path of Spirit, help those in need, and be of service to the people of the world. So, she is a witch and runs a farm, therefore she is a devil-worshiping, animal sacrificing person. All because of one word: WITCH.
The sick and twisted world we live in has gone too far. I am begging you, please stop it. If you cannot be my friend, have a relationship with me, no longer speak to me, because of my beliefs, then I release you with full heart and unconditional love. I will be heartbroken, but at least I will be at peace. Those who judge are never in peace. It is why our world is in such torment right now.
I was really hoping to have a more uplifting blog today, but after watching the absolute horror my sweet friend went through, it would have been wrong of me not to speak up. All it takes is one person to make the change. Are you going to the be the one to stop this cruelty?
God is Love. God is Magic. God is Peace. God is Life. Life is magical. Be at peace with that and you will find salvation.
So, if you want to call me a witch, don’t think I will be offended. I would be honored. I would rather walk with the sinners in life, helping them along the way, then walk with the righteous who think they will get into heaven quicker than anyone else. Remember, the first will be last, and the last shall be first. Think about that before placing judgment on another person.